Staff Editorials
The mourning after: Post election thoughts from the editorial staff of CisternYard News

The mourning after: Post election thoughts from the editorial staff of CisternYard News

Jaquan Leonard: Creative Director November of 2008, the day after Barack Obama was announced as the president-elect, I wore a t-shirt. Pictured on the front were the new president and first lady. On the back were the words “Yes We Can!” Sitting in class, a conservative student looked at me and said, “You just want...
Why Students Are Yearnin' for a Bernin'

Why Students Are Yearnin’ for a Bernin’

With the beginning of the election cycle nearing, political analysts are beginning to predict who will win the early primaries. If you had asked them a year ago today, none of them would have seen such a tight race between the seemingly sure Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. By now, most people know...
Save People, Not "Tatas"

Save People, Not “Tatas”

In the United States, it’s as quintessential to October as playoff baseball and the spread of the pumpkin-flavored plague. Pink, the color of breast cancer, floods public spaces in the official month of breast cancer awareness. The magnitude of our societal response to this disease is proportionate to the danger.  According to the American Cancer...
"No Man's Sky": If a Computer could play God

“No Man’s Sky”: If a Computer could play God

At popular video game conference E3 this year, game developer Sean Murray of Hello Games showcased some live gameplay of the studio’s new game, “No Man’s Sky.”  It featured first-person space combat and exploration of extraterrestrial planets. The graphics were state-of-the-art and absolutely gorgeous, and the space scenes were vast and almost life-like.  But more...
Religion is the new millennial ego booster

Religion is the new millennial ego booster

I am a white millennial studying on a college campus in the United States in the year 2015. As a member of this rarefied and exceptionally self-congratulatory demographic, certain things are expected of me. The three Cs: curiosity, creativity and compassion. These ideally foster respect, almost to the point of blind adulation, for other people’s...
Pay for Play, should college athletes be paid?

Pay for Play, should college athletes be paid?

Recently, the debate on whether or not college athletes should be compensated has been an extremely hot topic. With the billions of dollars schools generate in revenue off of their athletes, the question on compensation for athletes is a fair one to ask. In my opinion, college athletes should not be compensated for reasons that...
What a village on the Jordanian-Syrian border can teach us about brotherhood

What a village on the Jordanian-Syrian border can teach us about brotherhood

Earlier this year, I visited the tiny village of Dafyaneh, Jordan, a small cluster of cheaply built limestone homes huddled together against the rain, less than a mile from the Syrian border. To the al-Issa, a local tribe that has inhabited the area in and around Dafyaneh for hundreds of years, that border never even existed...
Feminism isn't Friendship

Feminism isn’t Friendship

When I was in the 6th grade, I pored over the lyric booklet and sang along to every song in Taylor Swift’s seminal album Fearless. My favorite page accompanied the song “Fifteen” and featured a picture of two girls: Taylor and her hometown best friend Abigail. They were grinning wide in their winter coats, a pair...
Whose president is it anyway?

Whose president is it anyway?

The College of Charleston President George Benson will soon step down, and our community is under pressure to find his replacement. A January 2008 article from the Charleston Regional Business Journal, touted Benson as the person to move the College into the future, a perfect marriage of business and academics. Fast forward to September 2013...
No Connection?! Wi-Fi Woes

No Connection?! Wi-Fi Woes

Every semester students pay fees on top of  tuition costs at the College of Charleston. Sophomores, juniors and seniors pay a $50 Library Fee plus an $85 Technology Fee. Freshman only pay a $65 Technology Fee. Some students aren’t even aware that these additional fees are lumped into their student e-Bills with tuition, housing and...
Fixing a top-heavy administration

Fixing a top-heavy administration

As much as we’d like to think we are, the United States is no longer the leader in education. The Chinese surpass us in science and mathematics, the Germans rely on their efficiency and engineering, and even Canadians are out-ranking us on international reading standards. What do we have left? Inefficient budgeting allocations and a...

Support your school, by skipping class

I’m sorry, Prof. Zaubi. I won’t be in your Spanish class on Tuesday morning. For the good of the College of Charleston, I’m skipping class to go to a basketball game. On Tuesday morning, the College of Charleston’s men’s basketball team will be playing the Morehead State Eagles. At 8 a.m. The game is part...